Cheryl's Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cogan Station, Pennsylvania that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.4 miElevation gain521 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestViews
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Allissia Bogaczyk
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WalkingFloodedSnow

Really loved the trail, hard to follow signs though, fun little loop, took my dogs they loved it we went all the way to the top and down and around. Very muddy trampled through water. Plenty of parking! Went March 12th 2021 Forgot to write a review !

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erin muthler
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Patricia Marshall
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Very nice

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Patricia Carey
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Kimberly Sexauer
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HikingIcy

Good trail, nice path through the woods. Doe path has a nice vista. Quiet day on the trail.

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Denay Wodrig
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Hiking

Easy frolic through the woods. Spotty cell service to record. Would be an easy trail run or mountain bike ride. Trail markers were easy to follow for the most part. They do switch from arrows to circles depending on which way you take the large loop. Lots of other trails to branch off to which are well marked. Deer pen vista displayed an awesome view of the Allegheny Ridge.

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Amy Bellomy
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Trail was very well marked and easy. we added the loop trail and the Francis X. Kennedy Trail to add a little more distance. The Francis trail has a nice little vista. We saw a few deer during our hike. Very nice park. Has another small trail with two other vistas.

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James Pietraski
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Nolan Tucker
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Did Cheryl's Trail as well as Katy Jane to Saddle Trail at Rider Park. Very nice park and trails are well maintained and marked. Great for birdwatching.

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Meghan Coleman
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Great trail - slight incline! Lovely scenery and the fallen leaves were gorgeous. I would definitely recommend!

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Joshua Brock
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RunningGreat!

Just moved to Montoursville from State College so have been scoping out trails since we moved here in August. Rider Park has a nice variety of trails you can tie together for a variety of lengths and difficulty. Cheryl's Trail is a pretty easy set of loops almost exclusively tree-covered except starting and leaving the trailhead area. Have hiked and trail run this section and look forward to tying together a number of the trail loops for longer runs.

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Hogan Devlin
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Hiking

A nice walk in the woods. Great for a hike with your dog or with the kids. Not a lot of visitas but when the leaves come off the trees there’s one relatively nice view. Saw about 14 white tail deer on the hike, plus a raccoon.

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Jaclyn Kressler
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Great, kinda easy hike! A little rocky in parts, but, grassy in others. Highly recommend. Vista points are not on this trail, but, there are two in another direction from the parking lot.

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Rebecca Reese
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Walking

Nice day! Saw lots of butterflies and daddy long legs. Only saw a few other hikers. Very nice in the shade. Not too many bugs today (other than those I already mentioned).

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Samantha Tatham
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Hiking

I grew up in the area and Rider park is still one of my favorite places to hike. The trail is easy and wide, perfect for beginners. If you take a right at marker A you will come to Doe Pen Vista, or you can hike a short unmarked trail on this app called Francis X. Kennedy trail to catch the vista. Either way I highly recommend the vista.

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Daniel Sarch
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Hiking

Easy trail. Very nice for a nice walk through the woods. Some gradual elevation gain, too! The best part, though, was we found a bright Red Salamander, and FOUR SNAKES! A Garter Snake and 3 huge Eastern Rat Snakes! It was really quite amazing to see!

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Don Justice
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Great trail. Just not to exciting. There are off trails that run off it but they’re not greatly marked. My suggestion is just stay on cherry’s trail, if you want to try the others they run off it, do it early in the day and give yourself time.

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Carter Beem
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Hiking

Super easy, well maintained; will definitely come back with a mountain bike. Mostly dense woods but there was one view (not on the trail)

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Margaret Falco
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HikingBugs

The great part about this hike is the history involved. It goes through the ruins of two different homesteads. One of them even has a graveyard from the family that lived there. That being said, it is quite and easy hike and a lot of people are there. Avid fitness hikers won’t find the actual hike so exciting

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Kate Penman
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Rebecca Reese
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I did a nice little loop starting at Yeagle Road. I hiked up Allegheny (orange blazes) then turned left on Katy Jane (yellow blazes) and crossed parking lot to Cheryls Trail (blue blazes) and circled around and then was curious about Francis X. Kennedy (green blazes) so did a portion of that on the last part before crossing the parking lot again and doing more of Katy Jane (yellow blazes). When I got to the east vista, I went down the white blazes back to Allegheny (orange blazes) and then back to Yeagle Road. Although there were several cars parked in parking lot, I only saw people twice. It was a beautiful day! Some spots were a little muddy, but that’s to be expected after the rain we have had. Thank you for the beautifully maintained trails of Rider Park!

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Lisa Hemrick
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HikingBugs

Wide, well-maintained trail. Very peaceful and mostly wooded. Gradual elevation and easy to follow - just look for the blue markers. This is one of my favorite trails so far. Lots of parking and only negative was amount of bugs, but it was 60 degrees.

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Rebecca Reese
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Hiking

Parking available. Well maintained trails with wide paths. Smooth surfaces for the most part. Clear blazes to follow. Great for beginning hikers and families with kiddos!

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Molly Durland
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HikingMuddy

Well maintained trail.

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Kayla Mahosky
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Hiking

Nice nature walk with family

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Kylie Jo
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the vistas pictured are not on the actual Cheryl trail itself ; you'll have to go off onto the Francis X Kennedy trail. which is also a nice trail, and connects to the Cheryl trail. however misleading for someone like me who just looked at the photos and assumed there was Vista on this specific trail

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Tim Bradley
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Hiking

Great trail. In confusion corner follow signs to Caleb’s Run. In the next meadow stay to the left. Be sure to look for the hard right to stay on the trail at post J. Beautiful day and beautiful hike.

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Michael Sheets
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there are false trails offshooting from the main trail. I can get a bit confusing but all in all a great trail to hike!

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